Construction and Project Management MPhil/PhD

London, Bloomsbury

With a strong multidisciplinary approach, PhD research at The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction covers a breadth of topics related to management, economics and finance of the built environment.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£5,690
£2,845
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£23,350
£11,860
Duration
3 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – Closing date to be confirmed

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject, is essential. Exceptionally: where applicants have other suitable research or professional experience, they may be admitted without a Master's degree; or where applicants have a lower second-class UK Honours Bachelor's degree (2:2) (or equivalent) they must possess a relevant Master's degree to be admitted. We expect any successful application to include a sufficiently strong and convincing proposal, and those holding a Master's degree are typically well prepared to provide one. Relevant work experience is highly desirable.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Enterprise and Project Management

These are management and organisation studies comprising areas such as strategic management, innovation, project management, leadership and organisational behaviour. The School has a tradition of carrying out management and organisation research in the built environment, including project-based firms, construction projects, complex and mega projects, infrastructure, governance, quantity surveying, building information modelling, digital transformation, supply chain, social networks, project-based networks, organisational, social and consumer psychology, sustainability, and professionalism.

Economics and Finance of the Built Environment

This area of research includes construction economics, infrastructure economics and finance, real estate economics and finance, real estate development, housing, climate change economics, development economics, public economics, economic history, behavioural economics, big data.

Who this course is for

What this course will give you

In REF 2014 46% of The Bartlett's research was rated 4* i.e. 'world-leading', with a further 35% recognised as 3* i.e. 'internationally excellent'.* The Bartlett submitted the largest quantity of 4* world-leading research outputs (156 items) of any university submitting to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel. On 'Research Environment', which grades the 'vitality' and 'sustainability' of the research environment, the Bartlett received the highest score for submission to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel.

We recruit students who are highly motivated and qualified, willing to push the boundaries of knowledge and effect real-world change. We are proud of the diversity of our research programmes, both in terms of student backgrounds and research projects.

The foundation of your career

The programme is intended to supply graduate PhD students with expertise in areas including economics and finance of the built environment, management of project enterprises and project-based networks.

Employability

Many of our PhD students have secured academic positions in top universities and jobs as leading practitioners in major organisations of the private and public sector.

Networking

We provide a number of networking opportunities for our students, including social events, lectures, collaborative projects and visits, team-building and student-led conferences.

Teaching and learning

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) involves supervised research normally undertaken over a period of four years full-time (including 1-year Completing Research Status) or seven years part-time (including 2-year Completing Research Status). Assessment is by means of a thesis, which should demonstrate your capacity to pursue original research based upon a good understanding of the research techniques and concepts appropriate to the discipline.

Initially, you will be registered for the MPhil degree. If you wish to proceed to a PhD, you will be required to pass an 'Upgrade' assessment. The purpose of the Upgrade is to assess your progress and ability to complete your PhD programme to a good standard and in a reasonable time frame. It is expected that a full-time student will undertake the Upgrade assessment within 18 months of registration (30 months for part-time students).

Research areas and structure

  • Management, such as innovation, leadership, organisations, culture, strategy related to projects, enterprises and the construction industry. 
  • Economics and finance, related to construction, real estate, property development, infrastructure, climate change, sustainability.
  • Data analytics, such as big data, building information modelling, social networks, building services.

Research environment

The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management is a centre for interdisciplinary research in infrastructure economics, infrastructure finance and management, construction economics, urban and housing economics, real estate finance, and project management including innovation, learning, risk management, leadership, marketing, financing, project-based enterprises. We are part of the Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment, the top institution in its field in the UK (REF 2014) for 'research power'.

We are proud with the diversity of our programme, both in terms of interdisciplinary research domains and student background. Our PhD students usually conduct research in the following areas:

Enterprise and Project Management

These are management and organisation studies comprising areas such as strategic management, innovation, project management, leadership and organisational behaviour. The School has a tradition of carrying out management and organisation research in the built environment (project-based firms, construction projects, complex and mega projects, infrastructure, governance, quantity surveying, building information modelling, digital transformation, supply chain, social networks, project-based networks, organisational, social and consumer psychology, sustainability, and professionalism).

Economics and Finance of the Built Environment

This area of research includes construction economics, infrastructure economics and finance, real estate economics and finance, real estate development, housing, climate change economics, development economics, public economics, economic history, behavioural economics, big data.

The programme emphasises close staff-student collaboration in research and offers a variety of research seminars and training activities that are intended to equip you with advanced research skills and competences. It is intended that you will take part in research events and meetings with academics and practitioners and contribute to a thriving academic community. If you are funded by the School, usually you will contribute to teaching and related duties for approximately 25% of your time. Academics and students typically interact to stimulate ideas, and develop and hone conceptual understanding and analysis, with the aim of generating original contributions to knowledge.

Full-time

The length of registration for the research degree programmes is normally 3 years for full-time and 5 years for part-time. You will normally register initially for the MPhil degree with the expectation of transfer to PhD after successful completion of an 'upgrade' assessment, typically at the end of your first year and no later than eighteen months from registration (full-time). 

During your first year your supervisor may advise you to attend specific skills training courses offered by UCL. In addition, the School normally offers its PhD students an Induction event, two PhD study days and regular seminars in our key research areas.

By the end of the second year, it is expected that you will have written at least half of your thesis. You are usually required to attend conferences, submit conference articles and organise PhD events.

In the third year you are normally required to analyse your key findings and form conclusions about them to write up your thesis.

The PhD programme is expected to be completed within three years for full-time students, and over five years for part-time students. Upon successful completion of your approved period of registration you may be permitted to register with Completing Research Status (CRS) while you write up your thesis (one year full-time or two years part-time registration).

Primarily, you are expected to conduct independent research, with guidance and supervision. The programme places emphasis on a close one-to-one working relationship between you and your supervisor. Your supervisor may suggest that you enrol in, or audit, an additional taught module. Taught models do not form part of your MPhil/PhD programme and so are not formally assessed. 

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690 £2,845
Tuition fees (2022/23) £23,350 £11,860

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

As a research student, your additional costs may include expenses such as books, conference attendance and field research, in the UK or overseas.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Any additional funding available from The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction and the Built Environment Faculty Office are advertised on the respective websites.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021